Grocery, Frozen and Fresh Food

Grocery, Frozen and Fresh Food

Framework 83
Status: Extended

Suppliers on this framework can provide a wide range of food items to include grocery provisions, frozen foods, fresh meat, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as non-food items such as catering disposables and cleaning items to be delivered along with customers main food orders.

All suppliers stock extensive ranges including brand names, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, nut free, lactose free, halal, food for life and school compliant products which can assist customers to achieve their requirements and accreditations.
Additional support can also be provided to include full product specifications, product samples, online ordering, integration with kitchen management systems, assistance with menu planning, recipe and menu suggestions, guidance for special diets, support with meeting nutritional standards and introduction to new and innovative products.

Framework 83 offers customers a convenient route to purchase a range of grocery, frozen and fresh food along with a number of non-food items which can be purchased alongside the main food order. The framework is split into 3 lots to allow customers the option to either purchase their grocery or frozen items or a combined basket of goods using the ‘One stop option’.

  • Lot 1: Supply and distribution of grocery and provisions
  • Lot 2: Supply and distribution of frozen foods
  • Lot 3: ‘A one stop shop’ Supply and distribution of grocery and frozen and non-food items.

All the suppliers on this framework are suitably qualified and have been assessed to ensure they meet all food safety and government standards. The suppliers can delivery to all variety of establishments to include schools, workplace, local authorities, hospitality, central government, leisure and healthcare.

Suppliers are able to provide valuable support to customer to assist them with meeting their obligations for example; meeting the Food Allergen Regulations 2014, complying with nutritional requirements such as School Food Standards 2014 and CQUIN, as well as supporting customers who are working towards and/or maintaining Food for Life accreditations.

ESPO operate a Quality Assurance program for all food frameworks to ensure that standards are upheld on a continuing basis. During the lifetime of the framework a high level of contract management is employed with ongoing reviews of all our suppliers ensuring compliance with food safety standards and the terms and conditions of the contract.

The framework is available for use nationally by any public body in the UK including, but not limited to…

  • Schools & Academies
  • Local Authority Establishments
  • Police & Emergency Services
  • NHS & HSC Bodies
  • Central Government Departments & their agencies
  • Registered Charities

What are the benefits of using this framework?

  • A wide range of suppliers ranging from SMEs to large national distributors.
  • ‘One stop shop’ option is available to those customers looking to consolidate their food deliveries.
  • Competitive pricing benefitting both large and smaller Customers.
  • Price file management by ESPO.
  • A high level of ‘behind the scenes’ contract management by ESPO, providing peace of mind to customers accessing the Framework.
  • Assistance with FFL and food buying standards is available.
  • Accessing the framework can be as straightforward as completing a Customer Access Agreement and contacting your chosen supplier (quoting ESPO Framework 83/17).
  • Access to further competition documentation.


  • BFS Group Limited (T/A Bidfood)
  • Blakemore Foodservice
  • Brake Bros Ltd
  • Brook Street Foodservice
  • Creed Foodservice
  • Crowndale Foodservice Ltd
  • Hopwells Ltd
  • Thomas Ridley and Son Limited
  • Yearsley Food

Further information

Already used this framework? Let us know by completing an online Confirmation of Award at

Are you a user of the ‘ProContract’ eProcurement system (from Proactis)? If so, you can now access ESPO’s frameworks through the system to run further competitions, allowing you to run your processes more quickly, simply and at lower risk of error. Speak to your procurement team contact or Account Manager to find out more.

We have also created a useful guide to help you navigate creating a further competition on ProContract, which you can access here.

  • Quick Start Guide
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Please login or register to download the following:

  • User Guide
  • Supplier Geographical Coverage
  • Supplier Profiles
  • Support to Further Competition
  • How to Plan your Further Competition
  • Customer Access Agreement
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Grocery, Frozen and Fresh Food

Key facts


Start date
27 Aug 2017

End date
26 Aug 2021

Up to

OJEU Contract notice
2017/S 103-205202

OJEU award notice

Last updated
30 Nov 2020

This framework is available for use nationally

Further help

Angela Course
0116 294 4008

Quote reference
Framework 83

More information

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Feefo 2020
Love British Food
ERA 2018
Youth Sport Trust